Irish Linen Centre and Museum could be about to leave the multi
million pound state of the art building constructed to house it
during the 1990's.
Next Tuesday the Council's Leisure Services
Committee will visit Castle House in Castle Street to establish
its potential as a new site for the city centre's main tourist
This was agreed at its meeting on April 1 -
just one day before the council's Economic Development Committee
heard recommendations from planning consultants BDP about the
regeneration of the Market Square area.
During the presentation BDP representative
Mr. Derek Williamson discussed a number of proposed uses for
specific areas of the Linen Centre and Museum.
His company's recommendations included
- A 'building use review' of the site including
analysis of floor space/use and identification of
under-utilised areas within the complex.
- 'Building 're-organisation of the Irish Linen
Centre and Museum' through 'detailed feasibility
studies and development of a preferred option'
- Future marketing and management of the facility
including the consideration of branding
Council officers are now preparing a report
detailing a specific timescale of actions in regard to BDP's
However, delegated authority to deal with the
regeneration of Market Square granted to the Economic
Development Committee does not extend to the Irish Linen Centre
Concerns have been expressed in the past
about low visitor numbers at the attraction and the cost to the
council of financing and managing it.
However, the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn
Museum has received very positive publicity on a number of
which helps people identify tourist attractions all over Ireland
uses words such as 'fascinating', 'interesting' and 'extensive'
when describing its collections.
"This is a particularly nicely laid out museum and although
Irish Linen is not a topic you would expect to capture the
imagination of children, it is in fact one that younger visitors
greatly enjoy," the website adds.